Our April Meeting was a real treat! A presentation was made by Dr. Bill Miller's student team, who gave us insight into a research project that explored double-walled, vacuum ductwork for residential applications. Each of the students were very professional in their talk, and offered interesting discoveries as well as a candid view on the practicality of using ductwork of this type. This is what research is all about!
Dr. Miller has since passed along an invitation for members of our Chapter -
You and the ASHRAE chapter members are cordially invited to visit the Thompson Boling Arena concourse, meet the students and learn about the potential of the redox flow battery and the unique HVAC duct design. The showcase will exhibit several projects from 2 pm to 4 pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Mechanical and Electrical engineers are developing a unique benchtop battery. The concept, if implemented, could save the Hodges Library upwards of $750k per year by eliminating peak electrical demand charges. The project is funded by the Office of Sustainability’s Green Fee program.
Program Manager is Preston Jacobsen. Student objectives are to 1) build and demonstrate a prototype battery; and, 2) support UT Facility with the development of engineering specifications for a vanadium flow battery (VFB) intended for installation in the John C. Hodges Library.
Hoping you have opportunity to visit us between 1 Pm till 4 Pm.
William Miller, Ph.D.
Joint Faculty Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
Lecturer Architecture and Design
Building Scientist Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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